Amarinder Singh rejects Arvind Kejriwal’s request for meeting


Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has once again refused to meet his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal while asking him to not try and “politicise a serious issue.”

Singh’s reaction came in the wake of Kejriwal’s request via Twitter for a meeting with Amarinder Singh in Chandigarh on Wednesday (today), when he is scheduled to hold meeting Haryana chief minister, Manohar Lal Khattar.

Kejriwal had tweeted, “Sir, I am coming to Chandigarh on Wed to meet Haryana CM. Would be grateful if u cud spare sometime to meet me. It is in collective interest.”

Responding to media reports triggered by Kejriwal’s tweet to once again seek a meeting with him, the Punjab Chief Minister said he “failed to understand why the Delhi Chief Minister was trying to force his hand, knowing well that any such discussion will be meaningless and futile”.

“Kejriwal’s tendency to indulge in petty street politics is well known,” Amarinder Singh said, adding that the Aam Aadmi Party leader was “evidently trying to divert public attention from his own government’s failure to check pollution in Delhi, as exposed by National Green Tribunal response to the ill-conceived odd-even scheme”.

“The problems faced by Delhi and Punjab on this count are completely divergent, with no meeting ground. Unlike Punjab, the Delhi problem is mainly the result of urban pollution caused by mismanaged transportation and unplanned industrial development. Instead of focusing all his attention on resolving these issues, Kejriwal wants to waste time withholding useless discussions,” Singh was quoted by IANS.

He said he did not have the same luxury of time (as Kejriwal).

“The Delhi Chief Minister has often been accused of leaving the national capital in the midst of a crisis and travelling to other places when his presence has been needed the most back home,” Singh said.

Singh’s media advisor, Raveen Thukral, also tweeted on his behalf saying, “Stop politicising the #pollution issue, you know any meeting between us would be useless, and in any case now that the apex court is also seized of the matter, let us leave it to them and the central govt to find long-term solutions.”

This is the second time Singh has snubbed Kejriwal on his request for a meeting to discuss the air pollution affecting Delhi, Punjab and Haryana. The last time when Kejriwal requested for a meeting, Singh had termed Kejriwal a ‘peculiar person’ who had ‘opinion on everything.’